Located in the center of campus, the athletic complex houses locker rooms, training facilities including a cardio and weight room, athletic training office, equipment room, trophy cases, dance studio, climbing wall, and Williams Gymnasium. The Lucy Athletic Complex shares parking facilities with the main campus.
The Athletic Complex is named for John H. Lucy, former athletic director, and his wife Emily. John Lucy touched generations of Vermont Academy students during his 42-year tenure at the Academy, his entire professional life. In 1995, Mr. Lucy was presented with the Condict Cup for his dedication and outstanding service to the Academy.
Williams Gymnasium is located within the Lucy Athletic Complex. It is home to our boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. It features a hardwood floor basketball court with a Shoot-A-Way Gun. It is named after longtime board member Benjamin Williams of Proctor, Vermont.
The climbing wall and high ropes course are located in the Williams Gymnasium. These facilities are able to be customized to all levels and needs, even leaving room for students to design their own routes to the top of our climbing wall.
“The Chouk,” as the rink is affectionately known, is home of the boys’ and girls’ ice hockey programs.
The Michael Choukas Skating Rink is dedicated to Michael Choukas Jr. ’46, who served Vermont Academy in many facets. A Vermont Academy alumnus, he returned in 1954 as a faculty member after graduating from Dartmouth College and spending time in the United States Marine Corps. In 1962, Choukas was awarded the Condict Cup for his outstanding service to the Academy. In 1966 Choukas was appointed as Vermont Academy’s twelfth head of school. During this time, he made a number of improvements to campus. After eleven years as head of school and twenty-three years of service to Vermont Academy, he returned to work at his alma mater, Dartmouth College.
The arena features a large skating surface with an artificial ice-making and maintenance system. The recently refurbished team rooms provide a home to our varsity hockey teams. During the spring months, the rink is outfitted with batting cages and indoor pitching mounds for the baseball team. While Vermont Academy’s hockey program is the primary occupant of the facility, Pleasant Valley Hockey Association (PVA) also considers “the Chouk” their home.
The Warren Chivers Ski and Outdoor Education Center is named after two-time Olympian, U.S. National Hall of Fame member, and longtime VA ski coach Warren Chivers.
Chivers began his multiple-decade tenure at Vermont Academy in 1946 as a teacher and coach. Over the years. Chivers, with help from his students, constructed all of the ski facilities on campus, including the ski jump, cross-country trails, and alpine ski area. He directed the ski program, producing championship teams over many years, as well as future Olympic athletes.
The facility was dedicated in 1991. Downstairs, the building includes a 1,600-square foot ski room for waxing, maintenance, and storage utilized by our sports on snow programs. Upstairs, there is a spacious common room for various activities, including meetings and yoga. The facility is rounded out with a complete functional fireplace and kitchen.
Nestled in the Green Mountains, our campus wouldn’t be complete without a myriad of trails. The 30 kilometers of trails are used by our Cross Country, Mountain Biking, and Nordic teams, and they are also open to the public. In the winter months, our trails are maintained by state-of-the-art grooming equipment. There are various entrances to the trails around campus, including the Warren Chivers Education Center and the Sugar Shack. There is also a 13-station ropes course throughout the wooded area on the perimeter of campus (see Trail Map).
The Class of ’77 Winter Sports Park was dedicated in honor of the 1977 Vermont Academy ski team. It was donated so students could enjoy the perks of winter right on campus. The park is complete with a ski slope, rope tow, snowmaking equipment, lighting, and state-of-the-art grooming equipment. There are three ski jumps of different sizes that have become a staple of our campus scenery.
Situated on a protected hillside behind Proctor House (Health Services) are six composition tennis courts. These courts have the industry standard surface within tall fencing. The hill and Proctor House protect the courts from winds.
The John H. Lucy field is named in honor of Vermont Academy’s former athletic director and coach. The field was named in his honor in 1985, as he was inducted as the first member of the Vermont Academy Hall of Fame. It is home to our soccer and baseball teams. The outfield of the baseball field transforms into a soccer field in the fall. The well-manicured field is complete with dugouts and surrounded by forest, mountains, and several other playing fields.
The E.K. Hall Playing Field is home to Vermont Academy soccer and lacrosse teams. Located on the north part of campus, it was named for Edward Kimball Hall, the father of Mrs. Leavitt, wife of longtime Headmaster Laurence Leavitt. Mr. Hall was dedicated to the highest ideals of teamwork and sportsmanship. He served as an administrator during the formative years of the NCAA, where he was the chairman of the Intercollegiate Football Rules Committee. During his time in this role, he developed changes in the rules to make football a safer and more interesting sport.
The Hays-Naramore Field is a multi-use field located on the “top” of campus. The field is named in honor of W. Eugene Hays Jr. ’55 and John C. Naramore ’55 for their efforts as alumni and trustees of Vermont Academy. The field was dedicated May 8, 1993. The Hays-Naramore field offers the best views of campus and surrounding hills.
Throughout the winter, our competitive and non-competitive sports on snow travel to nearby Okemo Mountain in Ludlow, Vermont. Okemo features 121 trails and glades, 667 acres of terrain, 98% of trails covered by snow making, multiple terrain parks, 4-high speed quad lifts, and an elevation over 3,000. Lessons are also available for both the competitive and non-competitive skiers.
Throughout the winter, our freeski team travels to nearby Magic Mountain in Londonderry, Vermont. Magic features 50 trails and 135 skiable acres, four lifts, terrain parks, an elevation just under 3,000 feet and the most extensive tree skiing network in Southern Vermont.
Our equestrian team trains daily at nearby Winchester Stables in Newfane, Vermont, during the fall and spring. This world-class facility includes an outdoor arena with all-season footing, indoor riding ring, dedicated galloping field, access to miles of groomed trails, and a fully furnished viewing room. Our equestrian team also benefits from the facility’s experienced and knowledgeable staff. Winchester Stables also has options for students to board their own horses.
In the spring, our golf team travels across the river to the Hooper Golf Course in Walpole, New Hampshire. Hooper is a nine-hole course sitting on what was once a working farm. The course is complete with a clubhouse, pro shop, putting green, and pitching and chipping area.